October 17, 2016
You’re looking down at your dinner of sautéed carrots with a familiar feeling of…disappointment. You even took the time to glaze them to add some flavor. On their own, most people wouldn’t consider this a meal, but for you, it’s on the weekly rotation. Your missing teeth make it extremely difficult to eat your favorite foods; you can’t remember the last time you had a nice big apple or bit into a piece of steak. You want to be able to eat hearty food again and look forward to meals. You can start enjoying food again with dental implants in Scarborough from White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.
Why Should You Get Dental Implants?
Missing teeth can lead to a multitude of problems. One of the most basic is that they can make it difficult to eat. This leads people to avoid essential foods like proteins and fibrous vegetables. Over time, this can drastically effect your health and cause a shorter life expectancy. Even people with traditional dentures typically live 10 years less because they can’t get the nutrition they need. This is not even mentioning the affect missing teeth can have on your confidence and self-esteem. One of the most reliable ways to restore them and ensure your future health is with dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants have an advantage over other methods of replacing missing teeth because they can restore the entire tooth: root and crown. Other procedures only repair the tooth above gum line, leaving you vulnerable to tissue loss and jaw atrophy. With dental implants, a new titanium root is surgically placed into your jaw. This not only provides a sturdy base for a new tooth, but can also help prevent and even reverse the tissue recession common after tooth loss. It is able to do this because titanium is bio-compatible with the human body, meaning once the root has been implanted, the body treats it like a natural root and sends nourishing blood to the surrounding area, revitalizing it. Implants are usually topped with a high-quality porcelain crown to give you a tooth that is both aesthetically pleasing and functionally strong. These two elements are held together by a metal connector called an abutment.
Dental implants are one of the most versatile ways you can replace your missing teeth, as they can replace a single tooth, support a bridge, or anchor a set of dentures. Implant supported dentures have a better hold and allow for more bite force than traditional dentures. This means you can eat all kinds of foods and not have to manipulate your diet. Implants have a 98% success rate and can last a lifetime with regular brushing and flossing, just like natural teeth.
What Is The Procedure Like?
The procedure to get dental implants involves 3 basic steps:
- You will be referred to a local oral surgeon who will place the titanium root into your jawbone
- You will be given 3-6 months to heal and allow the root to bond to your jaw
- Finally, Dr. Amaro will place the porcelain crown into your mouth
The first part of the procedure involves minor surgery, but this can usually be completed with local anesthesia and requires minimal healing time. The 3-6 period is mostly to give the root time to bond with your jaw. Once you have the crown, there will be very little sensation in the implant itself, but it will be able to function just like your other teeth.
How Can I Get Dental Implants?
If you’re eating soft, flavorless food every day because of your missing teeth, make an appointment with your dentist in Scarborough today. If you can’t enjoy your favorites because you aren’t able to chew them, make an appointment today. Dental implants can make mealtime pleasurable again, so please don’t wait to come see us today.
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